We went to the Cantina Del Vesuvio this week on our class excursion. This vineyard is situated on Mt. Vesuvius and has the most spectacular views. Everywhere you turn, there are rows of grape vines and clusters of olive trees. The owner of the vineyard explained to us that the soil on Mt. Vesuvius is ideal for growing grapes because of the porous, gravel-like quality of the soil. This volcanic ash helps to to retain moisture and even acts as a natural pesticide in certain cases.
The vineyard is completely organic as it has no need for harsh chemicals or pesticides. There is a rose bush at the end of each row of vines. The rose is hearty enough to withstand the harshness of the weather but delicate enough to show signs of damage before the grapes are affected.
The vineyard also produces the most delicious olive oil. We learned that an olive tree is able to produce quality olives to press within 5 years of being planted.